Sunday, April 20, 2014

He’s ALIVE and I’m Forgiven!

John 19:30
... he said, "It is finished!"

Jesus knew he was suffering the crucifixion for a purpose. Earlier he had said in John 10:18 of his life, "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

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Matthew 28:6

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

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Mark 16:1-7

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' "

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

How Great Thou Art

April Quilting

Today was our quilting day for April. Kate took her turn at presenting the block. I don’t know what the name of this quilt block is. Kate didn’t either.  I’m not sure if she found it somewhere, or if she designed it herself, but I like it! It was quick and easy.20140405_102000

20140405_111402After I made my block, I cut some fabric up into 5.5” squares for the Park View ladies that I had, then I sewed a quilt top together for them for a nursing home. 20140405_140702When quilting was over, Christie and I went to the Quad Cities and saw the movie ‘God’s Not Dead’. That was the second time for me, and the first for her. She loved it as much as I did. We went to Best Buy and I bought ONE HP printer, because it was wireless, (instead of two), and then we went to IHOP for supper. We had a nice visit, then we drove home. We got back into town about 9:30, then I made a huge mess in my office, and set up the printer for my computer. 20140405_230649I also set it up for Louie’s computer, so now he can print from his computer in his office, to this printer in my office. I think we will be very happy with it. I have already scanned several things into pdf files, so that makes me very happy, as I used my last two printers for that purpose a lot. (Photo: Test printing an email from Louie’s office to my office)Printer

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This morning, I unhooked Louie’s old printer. Bye bye old printers!

20140406_100426Next month, May, will be our last quilting session until September.  I don’t know how the last nine quilting months moved so fast, because the winter months drug on and on. It will be nice for summer to be here, but I will miss the girls.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Singer Stylist 543

Saturday, late morning, I picked up my sisterinlove Polly, and we met my brother for lunch, then we went to Cedar Rapids junkin’! I only found one sewing machine…..a Singer Stylist 543.

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Normally, I RUN as far away as I can from this era of machine, because I know there are plastic gears. I checked to see if the zig was zagging, and it appeared to, so I took a chance. I always say, the foot control is worth the purchase price, so I bought it, thinking I could find a good home for it. This is about a 1978 era machine.

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I was pleasantly pleased at how good the gears looked, and it stitched just the way it should.

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The machine did not come with instructions, so I went to the Singer manual site, and downloaded a manual for it. You can find this manual HERE. Thank you Singer Company! I really didn’t need one for myself, but should it get passed on, someone else might need instructions.

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Unfortunately, when I was trying to print this manual, I realized what my printer had been trying to tell me for the past week or so. (Caution! Paper Jam!…except there was no paper jam!) It’s tired, and worn out. The moving parts don’t want to move well anymore. The printer would struggle, then stop halfway through a page, then start up again. What I got when the pages finally emerged, were pages I was unable to use. I finished up on Louie’s printer, which is my OLD printer. It printed ok, once I restarted the computer and unplugged it a couple times to get it go, but it was PAINFULLY SLOW, so I think today I will be shopping for a new printer, or TWO. 

I didn’t realize when I bought the Stylist 543 that the bottom arm cover was missing. That cover protects the gears on the underside of the machine, as in the bobbin area, over to about the middle of the machine. So what does a girl do when she needs a part? She hits the internet with a frenzy and searches until she finds one. I found one for a little bit older model with the same body shape, and it is on it’s way.  The total cost of both the machine and the cover together, was still not a bad price for the machine.

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The only problem I am having now, is whether I want to part with it. You see, it looks almost identical to the very first NEW sewing machine that I owned. I think the model I had was a 534. Louie bought a brand new Singer for me right after we were married. It was in a cabinet. Unfortunately, it broke a gear several years later, and I panicked and replaced it with another new machine. The replacement never was as good as the 534. You see, the older sewing machines with all metal gears REALLY are the best, if you want them to last forever.

Do you have a hard time parting with items that remind you of a special time in your life?

Today is quilting day at my house!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

PVQM Quilting DayCation and God’s NOT Dead!

Tuesday I took another vacation day from work to go sew with my favorite Park View girls! I sewed a quilt top for a nursing home.

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I realized after I got home, (DUH!) that there were several of us who were wearing RED. I was wearing a red Maquoketa Cardinals hoodie. Smile

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There were a few other gals there, which I did not get photos of, (sorry Connie, Jennifer and Jo) but the group was smaller that day. It seems to be the same core group that shows up each time I am there. They have become good friends and I am truly thankful.

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A few of us went to the local restaurant for dessert and a beverage, then three of us went to see the movie ‘God’s NOT Dead’. AWESOME movie! I WILL own it when it comes out on DVD.

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